Guide to JEB exam regulations for university graduates

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					       Register of Patent Agents and Register of Trade Mark Agents
                       Guide to JEB exam regulations for
                              university graduates
Introduction                                                      papers before you are eligible to sit the Advanced
                                                                  Papers, which are generally taken after two or three
This guide is a brief explanation of the current                  years’ experience in practice and we strongly
regulations for recent graduates from a United                    recommend that they should not be attempted earlier
Kingdom university. For those seeking entry to the                unless your supervisor is confident that you have had
                                                                  enough experience.*
Register of Patent Agents it applies only to
science/engineering graduates. A new qualification
                                                                  Exemption from all the Foundation Papers is
system is being introduced for entry onto the Register of
                                                                  obtained if you have been awarded a Certificate in
Trade Mark Agents, details of which can be found on
                                                                  Intellectual Property by Queen Mary, University of
the Institute of Trade Mark Agents’ website:
                                                                  London, or sat the relevant courses at Manchester
http://www.itma.org.uk/careers/becoming_a_tma..
                                                                  University, Bournemouth University or Brunel University.
The JEB exams no longer provide for such entry unless
you were a student member of ITMA on 1st November
2009 or had already passed or been granted an                     Entry onto the relevant Register
exemption from one or more of the JEB trade mark
papers before that date. It is currently intended to              Finally, in addition to passing the appropriate
discontinue the JEB trade marks exams after 2012 and              exams, you require at least two years’ practice
there are further restrictions on those who may sit them          under professional supervision before you can
during this transitional period.                                  enter the relevant register.

For confirmation, or details if you wish to qualify as            European List
a trade mark attorney, you should refer to the exam
regulations themselves and their transitional provisions,         For entry onto the list of European Patent
copies of which can be obtained from the JEB or JEB               Representatives (permitting you to practise before the
website (see addresses below). Likewise you should                European Patent Office) you will have to pass the
refer to the exam regulations if you are not a                    similar exams set for that purpose. Success in these
science/engineering graduate and wish to qualify as a             exams provides exemption from some of the JEB
patent attorney.                                                  Patents Advanced papers.

The exams                                                         Entry to the Exams
All the papers in the diagram overleaf are set once               Details of when you should apply, fees and other
a year, in October/November. If you are seeking entry             matters can be obtained from:
only onto the Register of Patent Agents or only onto
the Register of Trade Mark Agents, but not both, you
need only take the papers within the relevant box
                                                        Ms Sharon Mitchell
                                                        Joint Examination Board
overleaf; provided you are eligible to sit the papers concerned
(see above).                                            Third Floor
                                                        95 Chancery Lane
The papers are divided into two groups: the             London WC2A 1DT
Foundation Papers which are the simpler level           Telephone: 020 7440 9375
(the shaded rectangles); and the Advanced Papers, which Fax: 020 7430 9254
are at a higher level (the clear rectangles). The exams E-mail: sharon@jointexaminationboard.org.uk
are modular, that is to say any foundation paper may be Website: www.jointexaminationboard.org.uk
taken without having passed any other, although there
are requirements to have passed certain foundation

* Essentially this requires the Foundation Paper P1
(Basic UK Patent Law and Procedure) to have been passed
before taking the Advanced Patent Papers, and the Foundation
Paper T2 (Basic UK Trade Mark Practice) to have been passed
before taking the Advanced Trade Mark Papers.
                                                                                    Trade Marks           (transitional route
                                                                                                          which is to close after
                                                                                                          2012 and is subject to
                                          Patents                                                         entry restrictions –
                                                                                                          see overleaf)

                                                        Foundation Papers

   Patents Foundation Papers                      Common Foundation Papers                           Trade Marks Foundation
                                                                                                             Papers
 P1
 Basic UK Patent Law and Procedure
                                   3 hours           T1†
  P1                                                                                                 T2
  Basic UK Patent Law and Procedure                  Basic UK Trade Mark Law                         Basic UK Trade Mark Practice
 P5
                                  3 hours
 Basic Overseas Patent Law and Procedure                                            2 hours                                            3 hours
                                   3 hours

 P5                                                  T5†
 P7                                                  Basic Overseas Trade Mark Law and
 Basic Overseas Patent Law and
 Principles of Trade Mark Law                        Practice
 Procedure
                                     2 hours
                                     3 hours                                       2 hours
 †Patents candidates may sit this paper
 instead of T1 and T5
                                                     LAW
                                                     Basic English Law
                                                                                                               A pass or exemption
                                                                                     2 hours                   for T2, or P1 and all
            A pass or exemption                                                                                    the common
            for P1, or T2 and all                                                                              foundation papers is
                the common                                                                                    required before taking
                                                     D&C                                                           these papers.
            foundation papers is
           required before taking
                                                     UK Designs and Copyright Law
                these papers.                                                        3 hours


   Patents Advanced Papers                                                                         Trade Marks Advanced Papers

  P2                                                                                                 T3
  Patent Agents’ Practice                                                                            Advanced UK Trade Mark Law and
                                                                                                     Practice
                                    4 hours                                                                                      4 hours


  P3                                                                                                 T4
  Preparation of Specifications for UK                                                               Advanced Trade Mark Search
  and Overseas Patents
                                    4 hours                                                                                            3 hours

  P4                                                                                                 T6
  Amendment of Specifications for UK                                                                 Advanced Community Trade Mark
  Patents/Applications in Prosecution,                                                               and International Trade Mark Law
  Revocation Proceedings or otherwise                                                                and Practice                   4 hours
                                    3 hours

  P6
  Infringement and Validity of UK                                                                    Two years’ experience in total before
  Patents                                      Summary of entry unto the Register of                 entry unto the Register of Trade Mark
                                    5 hours
                                               Trade Mark Agents:                                    Agents
                                               Two years’ experience and passes in or exemptions
                                               from (T2 or P1) together with all the common
                                               foundation papers (LAW, D&C, T1 and T5) and all
                                               the advanced trade marks papers (T3, T4 and T6)
  Two years experience in total before
  entry unto the Register of Patent
  Agents


Summary of entry unto the Register of Patent Agents:
Two years’ experience and passes in or exemptions from ((P1 and P5) or T2) together with all the
common foundation papers (LAW, D&C,T1† and T5†) and all the advanced patent papers (P2, P3,
P4 and P6)

				
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